Scammers have now figured out a scheme to grab your personal and financial information by combining an old delivery system with a new one.  They have created fake emails that go to consumers claiming to be from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has issued an alert about this scam that can be found by going to: http://www.usps.gov and then going to the Postal Inspectors link at the bottom of the page.  The alert, “Beware of Bogus Emails” provides information about this deceptive scheme.

The fake email describes 2 different phony alternatives:  it says USPS has tried to deliver a package or as intercepted a package that was to be delivered to the email recipient or that there’s an issue concerning an online postage charge.  The fake email directs the recipient to take 1 of 3 steps:

  1. Click on the link in the fake email;
  2. Open the attachment in the fake email; or
  3. Print out the label.

Don’t take any of these actions!  The U.S. Postal Inspection Service says that anyone who takes one of the actions will have a malicious virus loaded onto his computer — a virus that can steal personal and financial information.

If you get one of these emails, or have any questions, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has 2 ways to report the scam and/or get help.  You can call their hotline number which is: 1-800-ASK-USPS  or you can go their website which is: spam@uspis.gov.